On Monday European Palm Pre users were just happy to eventually have the 1.3.1 update that has already been provided to U.S. customers two weeks earlier.
Sadly the smiling in our faces didn’t last long. European customers rapidly found out that their App Catalog had been crippled. PreCentral explains why this technically happened, but they cannot explain the marketing logic behind this move.
Luckily there is a strong European community of developers, that Palm should be listening to more carefully, since many of us are iPhone switchers.
The workaround for Europeans
A guy going by the nick Dleira from Switzerland found a way to re-enable many more (all?) applications for European Palm Pre friends aswell. It has been confirmed to be working, but anyway: do this at your own risk. We did not test it yet. This workaround requires root access to your Pre.
As of today European GSM Palm Pre customers on the Telefonica networks (O2 Germany, O2 UK, Movistar Spain) can download and install WebOS Update 1.3.1.
After downloading the 134MBytes update it will be validate for about some five minutes. Have your battery loaded, installation will take another 10 minutes.
Now, go and get it. It has eventually some nice improvements in performance.
It also brings back support for iTunes synchronization. Albeit for iTunes 9.01 only. Current version is iTunes 9.02. So the golden rule seems to be better don’t update iTunes too early if you’re having a Palm Pre.
According to a posting to the german Nexave forums the european Palm Pre 1.3.1 update (for GSM phones) will be released on monday November 23, 2009. The update does not seem to include activation of the GPU.
We recommend to remove custom installed homebrew patches.
Synergy: – Calendar and Contacts synchronization with Yahoo!
LinkedIn contacts synchronization
Synchronizes Google Contacts “My Contacts” (not all)
Manual edit of Internet settings (APN, user name, password, etc.)
Option to disable all data connections
Bluetooth support to send / receive vCards
Backup and restore:
No backup of passwords for increased security
Disabling of backup service works
Backup Browser Favorites
iTunes support from version 9.x
Available space is immediately updated and displayed when in USB mass storage mode data is added or removed
Manual e-mail retrieval works
SMS / MMS forwarding, and marking of all communications
Highlight / copy of selected areas of SMS and IM messages
Browser: File download in browser
Highlight / copy of text in the browser
Support for Self-Signed Certificates
System volume was optimized
Optimization of the audible during an incoming call when another call is active
AppCatalog: Recommendation for Apps can be forwared via email or SMS
Country-Specific Application Offers
Initial Registration: password input is now a part of the recovery (because passwords will no longer be backed up) and now entering a security question and answer in the account creation is mandatory. SIM card PIN is requested during the registration process.